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ARCTIC EXPLORER MOVES
ON ICE FLOE IN CIRCLE.
Dawson, Alaska. March 10. S.
Storkerson, explorer, and his five
men, who landed on an Arctic ice
floe last year, expecting to float
toward Siberia, drifted for eight
months around a huge circle and
finally landed near the mouth of the
Colville river, Alaska, not far from
Barter island, from where they
started, according to word brought
here by Royal Northwest mounted
The pnrty established a camp in
March, 1918, on an ice floe, 30 miles
long, seven miles wide, and from 50
to 100 feet thick.
GERMAN WORKMEN GET
U. S. FOOD AS PAY.
Cohlenz, March 10. In preparing
plans for the employment of from
10,000 to 15,000 German civilians on
road repairing and other work in
the American area of occupation,
American main headquarters has
approved a proposal that the Ger
man be paid partly in rations.
The laborers will be paid in
marks collected from the Berlin
government, with the privilege of
taking part of their pay in corned
beef, flour, sugar and coffee at th"
end of the week. The laborers will
receive from eight to nine marks a
day. The charge for the rations
also will be checked against Berlin.
OF LABOR GOMPERS PLAN.
Paris, March 10. The delegates
from the AmeYican Federation cf
Labor visited , the labor -exchange
today. "The league of nations."
said Samuel Gompers, head of the
delegation, "if .above all, a league of
the people, which above all must
secure to the proletariat world guar
antees of peace and liberty."
Mr. Gompers urged a universal
union of working classes in frater
nity of the peoples.
GALVIN SAYS SOCIAL
UNIT DANGEROUS SCHEME. .
Cincinnati, O., Marc,h 10. Mayor
John Galvin of this city created a
sensation here today by issuing a
formal statement that the social
unit, experimented with in a certain
district here for the first time and
which is being advocated for ex
tensions throughout every large city
in the country, is a most dangerous
type of socialism.' The mayor said:
"I consider it a dangerous in
stitution in our city and but one
step away from bolshevism."
SERVES OUT EIGHT YEARS.
Louisville, Ky., March 10. August
Rhopke, who in 1910 was convicted
nf embezzling $1 400.000 from the
Fidelity Trust company of Louis
ville and for which he was sentenced
to serve a term of 10 years in the
s'.ats penitentiary, today was grant
ed a parole.
BOLSHEVIKI OF YOUTHS.
New York, March 10. Describing
certain court-martial sentences in
the American army as, "things that
make bolsheviki of our young men,"
Senator George E. Chamberlain,
chairman of the senate committee
on military affairs, sharply criticised
court-martial procedure in an ad
dress before the United States
States League of Amareci here to
day. , Referring to long sentences which
had been imposed for slight infrac
tions of the rules, Senator Chamber
lain'said that "these boys know that
an injustice has been done them and
it will not increase their respect for
"I have found boys of 17 and 18,
not yet mature" he continued "sent
away for Ion? terms in prison, some
of them because they were absent
without leave homesick youths
who left to say goodby to their
mothers or perhaps a last word with
their sweethearts. Five days away
led one of them to be sentenced for
POPE BENEDICT CONFIRMS
BISHOPS AND ARCHBISHOPS
Rome, March 10. Pope Benedict
held a consistory today and con
firmed the American bishops and
archbishops appointed by brief since
the last consistory, granting the
pallium to the new American arch
bishops. In his allocution the pope ex
pressed the hope that the new ar
rangement of the world would be in
spired by sentiments of justice and
fairness, capable of bringing about
a true and lasting peace.
NEW PEANUTS OFF LIST
OF RESTRICTED IMPORTS.
Washington, March 10. Removal
of peanuts from the list of restricted
imports was announced tonight by
the War trade board. Licenses will
be issued for the importation of
peanuts from the country of origin
rw m.im4rv nvrcMi market, hut not
from stores now held in Canada un
less purchase was made prior to
April 14, last.
MANY HUN HELMETS
PUT ON BARGAIN COUNTER.
Washington, March 10. Eighty
five thousand captured German hel
mets, forwarded to the United
States by General Perching, were
fold today by the War department
for $1. The purchaser was Frank R.
Wilson, publicity director of the
Liberty loan, who will ship the hel
mets from New York to district
headquarters of the loan organiza
tion to be used as prizes for victory
Liberty loan workers in the forth
The purchase was agreed upon af
ter War department lawyers had de
clared it was illegal for the govern
ment to give away any materials.
HYLAN PUTS STOP
TO GERMAN OPERAS.
New York, March 10. At the in
stance of Mayor Hylan and Police
Commissioner Enright, who de
clared that the projected perfor
mances might provoke disorder,
the management of the Lexington
theater today canceled arrange
ments for a season of German
operas, the first of which was to be
Solicitor Lamar Submits
Memorandum Laying Plot
Formed by Men Who
Would Wreck U.S.
Washingtn. March 10. Solicitor
General Lamar of the Postoffice de
partment submitted a memorandum
to the senate propaganda committee
today stating that the I. W. W.. an
archists, socialists and ethers were
"perfecting an amalgumation with
one object the overthrow of the
government of the United States by
means of a bloody revolution and
the establishment of a bolshevik re
public." Mr. Lamar said his con
clusion was based upon information
contained in seized mail matter.
Accompanying the memorandum
were several hundred excerpts from
the mail matter. Mr. Lamar said
this propaganda was being con
ducted with "such regularity that its
magnitude can be measured by the
bold and outspoken statements con
tained in these publications and the
efforts made therein to inaugurate
a nationwide reign of terror and
overthrow the government"
Foreign Elements Active.
Mr. Lamar said it was significant
that this was the first time "in the
history of the so-called radical
movement in the United States that
these radical elements have found
a common cause (bolshevism) in
which they can all unite." He re
ferred particularly to the dissatis
fied foreign elements as being active
in the propaganda.
"The I. W. W.." said Mr. Lamar,
"is perhaps most actively engaged
in spreading this propaganda and
has at its command a large field
force known as recruiting agents
subscription agents, etc. who work
unceasingly in the furtherance of
After referring to the excerpts
from the seized mail matter, the
solicitor general's memorandum
said in part:
Plan Reign of Terror.
"This propaganda is being con
ducted with such regularity that
its magnitude can be measured by
the bold and outspoken statements
contained in the,se publications and
the efforts made therein to inaug
urate a nationwide reign of terror
and overthrow the government.
"In classifying these statements
they are submitted in a major or
general class as follows:
"I. W. W., anarchist, radical-socialistic
"It will be seen from these ex
cerpts, and it is indeed significant,
that this is the first time in the his
tory of the so-called radical move
ment in the United States that the
radical elements have found a com
mon cause (bolshevism) in which
they can all unite. The I. W. W..
anarchists, radical and otherwise, in
fact, all dissatisfied elements, par
ticularly the foreign element, are
perfecting amalgamation with one
object, and with one object only in
view, namely, the overthrow of the
government of the United States
by the means of a bloody revolution
and the establishment of a bolshevik
"The I. W. W. is perhaps most
actively engaged in spreading this
propaganda and has at its command
a large field force known as re
cruiting agents, subscription agents,
etc., who work unceasingly in the
furtherance of 'the cause.'
Fourteen Official Papers.
"This organization publishes at
least five newspapers in the English
language and nine in foreign lan
guages, as shown in the list given
below. This list comprises only of
ficial papers of the organization and
does not take into account the large
number of free lance papers pub
lished in the interest of the above
The newspapers listed were: The
New Solidarity, English, weekly,
Chicago: One Big Union, English,
monthly, Chicago; Industrial Union
ist, English, weekly,' Seattle; Cali
fornia Defense Bulletin, English
weekly, San Francisco; The Rebel
Worker, English, bi-monthly. New
York; La Neuva Solidaridad, Span
ish, weekly, Chicago; Golos Tru
zenta, Russian, weekly, Chicago;
Li Nuovo Proletario, Italian, week
ly, Chicago; Nya Varlden, Swedish,
weekly. Chicago; Der Industrial
Arbeiter, Jewish, weekly. Chicago;
Probuda, Bulgarian, weekly, Chi
cago; A Fels Badulas, Hungarian,
Seattle's Shipyard Workers
Decide to Return to Work
Seattle Wash., March 10. Seat
tle's big shipyards, idle since Janu
ary 21, when approximately 25,000
workmen struck for higher pay, will
reopen tomorrow, the men having
voted to return to work for the same
wages received before they went
out. Tacoma and Aberdeen yards.
closed by a strike of about 15,000
men, will also resume operatons,
VOL. 48 NO. 228.
IS PLAN OF
THE ONLY NEBRASKA PAPER WITH A ROTOGRAVURE PICTURE
Mcogfl-clan mailer May W, 1906. t
P. O. unier act at March 3. U79
Spartacans Force German
Soldiers to Climb in Wagon
Where They Shoot All Down
As Soon as Vehicle Is Full of Dead Bodies, It Is Taken
Away and Another Brought Forward, and Same
Bloody Scenes Re-enacted In Heart of Berlin.
By the Associated Press.
Berlin, March 10. A story of wholesale, cold-blooded
murders, including the shooting of 60 detectives, by the
Spartacan forces, was told today under oath by a government
soldier who had been captured by the insurgents but man
aged to escape. He and 18 other soldiers had been captured
in the vicinity of Warschauerstrass, in the eastern part of
the city, and were taken into a court back of a group of
buildings occupied by the bpartacans,
Forced Into Wagon,
The prisoners, the soldier as
serts, were compelled one by one to
climb into a wagon, where they
were shot down by the insurgents.
When the wagon became full of
bodies it was taken away and an
other brought forward.
While this was going on a band
of Spartacans brought in 60 de
tectives, who had been captured in
the attack on the Lichtenberg police
station. The detectives were killed
with revolver shots between the eyes
at close quarters. Those who re
sisted were held by other Sparta
cans while the executioner fired the
shots. A government bicycle cour
ier, who was brought in about the
same time, was held by the hands
and feet and tortured before being
U. S. MEMORIAL
TO FRENCH NEAR
Hospital to Stand Just Be
neath Shell Battered
Cathedral as Lasting
Paris, March 10, Overlooking the
15,000 roofless houses of Rheims and
overshadowed by its battered
cathedral, will stand the first great
memorial to the American dead in
This seems assured by official ad
vices that have reached the Paris
headquarters of the American fund
for French wounded to the effect
that the French government will
deed to the fund ground' in he en
virons of Rheims on which a great
American hospital will be erected.
The sum of $100,000 for the pur
pose has been .guaranteed by the
American fund organization in the
Persons Employed by
Packers and Yards
More than 11,000 men- find daily
employment jwith the South Side
packing companies and stock yards.
The figures have just been made
public by the packing house and
stock yards officials at the request
of the South Side Federal Employ
Cudahy Packing company em
ploys the largest numbers of per
sons, giving work to 3,250 indivi
duals. Armour is the next largest
employer among the packing com
panies. About 3,000 men and women
are employers there. Swift's em
ploys 2,647 persons and Morris &
Co. gives employment to 1,606 men
Three hundred and twenty-five
men are employed in erecting the
new Skinner Packing company
while the stock yards employs
A material increase in the number
of employes is expected as the great
er number of these concerns are
short of help.
Dalton, Nebraska Boy,
Dies of Pneumonia
New. York, March 10. Lieutenant
Commander John P. Dalton, former
navy football star, died of pneumonia
today in the New York navy yard
hospital, after a week's illness. He
was seized with influenza while serv
ing as navigating officer of the
United States cruiser Frederick,
temporarily engaged as a troop
Commander Dalton, 29 years old,
was graduated from the United
States naval academy in 1912. Dur
inf all for years at Annapolis he
was quarterback on the eleven. Born
in Nebraska, he entered the academy
from St. Louis.
Commander Dalton was a native
of Custer County, Nebraska.
Longshoremen Join Strike.
New York, March 10. In sympa
thy with the strike of marine work
ers against private boat owners,
nearly 20,000 longshoremen quit
work today, refusing to handle the
freight delivered to piers by boats
manned by non-union workers.
The division of cavalry rifle-men
which is in charge of the work of
clearing the city of Spartacans re
ports further, instances of cruel
murders by the insurgents. An auto
mobile with seven soldiers was at
tacked in Warschauerstiass and all
were murdered. Another automobile
filled with volunteer soldiers was
captured and nothing has been
heard from them.
A woman sollier in the Sparta
can ranks who was captured by the
government troops is said to have
confessed participation in more than
20 killings. The Spartacans also
are accused of using airplanes for
attacks on peaceable citizens.
The bomb which was dropped on
a crowd on Bulowplatz is said to
have been thrown by a Spartacan
work on sn
Conference to Be Held at
Which Entire Navy Build
ing Program May Un-.
Washington, March 10.Possibil
ity that the whole battle cruiser pro
gram of the navy, involving an ex
penditure of nearly- $500,00Q,000 will
be abandoned in favor of a new type
of cruiser battleship was indicated
today by an announcement that Sec
retary Daniels had ordered suspen
sion oL work on the six 35-knot
cruiser? already authorized until a
decision as to the , future type ot
capital ship could be reached.
1 here is a wide difference of opin
ion among American naval officers
as to whether the slow battleship
and the fast cruiser' should not give
way in. the future to a ship combin
ing the power of one and nearly the
speed of the other and because of
this fact congressional committees
have deferred action on six annual
cruisers, until a full report on new
types can.be made by. the depart
ment. It is gather information for this
report that Secretary Daniels and
his three chief technical advisers
will sail Saturday for Europe. They
will be met overseas by Admiral
Benson, chief of operations, and
Vice Admiral Sims, and upon their
return some weeks before congress
meets in extra session, probably in
fhe early summer, a general con
ference will be held at which a
majority opinion of experienced of
ficers will be worked out as to what
types of capital ships- should be
Seek Name and Address of
Soldiers Injured in War
Washington, March 10. Some
13,000 disabled men were discharged
from the army before the- federal
board for vocational education was
permitted to establish contact with
them in order to deal with their
cases. The board now desires to get
in touch with these men so as to
acquaint them with the benefits
which congress has provided for
them. The board in a statement to
day asked persons knowiner of anv
such disabled soldiers to send their
names and addresses to its head
quarters in Washington.
Towl Leads Woman's Club
On 'See Omaha First' Trip
Park Commissioner Shows
Members of Social Science
Department the Beauty
of City by Maps.
A "See Omaha first" trip, conduct
ed by Commissioner Roy N. Towl
by means of pictures and maps, was
taken by the political and social
science department of the Omaha
Woman's club Monday afternoon.
The park commissioner's mother,
Mrs. E. B. Towl, was in charge.
"Omaha has picturesque and ar
tistic advantages, especially along
the river front, which are second to
no other spot in the world. We
must develop these potentialities,"
the speaker urged.
He emphasized the hnportaut part
MARCH 11, 1919.
Throngs Turned Away When
Auditorium and Annex
Filled on Opening Night
, of Auto Show.
Throngs of people were turned
away from the Auditorium last
night after more than 5,000 had
entered to view the beautiful array
of motor cars on exhibition. The
occasion was grand opening night of
Omaha's Fourteenth Annual Auto
mobile show. Orchestras in every
part of the building marked the
occasion with special popular and
classic selections. Oleson's music,
and punch served at various parts of
the building kept the crowds in a
Beginning today, the doors of the
Auditorium will open at 9:30 o'clock
every day this week to give" out-of-town
visitors, who intend to stay in
Omaha but a few days ample op
portunity to attend the show.
Tonight has been designated as
farmers' night. Special music and
other features will prevail. Thurs
day night is set aside for musical
events. Friday night is for the
army and navy.
Open models of many cars are
the chief attractions to the prospec
tive buyer. Every part of a car in
operation is visitble in these models
and afford the visitor knowledge of
the workings of the motor and
transmission so vital to the life of a
car. The automobile of low price
as shown in this week's display has
the attractive appearance and ser
vice of the high grade car of a few
years ago. The medium priced
models are the most popular. Great
interest is shown in the high grade
tnqdels rangmg in price from $2,000
to $7,200. and exhibiting styles from
the Bobcat speedster to the royally
The first car sale at the show is
attributed to J. P. Linch, general
manager of the Paterson Motor Cai
company of Omaha. D. R. Hughes,
engineer on the Wabash railroaa.
wrote out a check for a Paterson
Six less than a half-hour after the
doors opened for the grand open
ing. Sells Second Car.
Douglas Bowie, salesmanager for
the Omaha Liberty Auto company,
takes credit for the second sale of
a car. A special-finish automobile
was sold by him to Harry Cheek.
South Side commission man, short
ly after the show opened.
Many local automobile companies
ar-honored with the visits of fac
tory representatives and ' officials
who in many instances are in Omaha
during automobile week to intro
duce new models of cars to the pub
lic. Direct from the Nebraska head
quarters of the Liberty Automobile
company are R. D. Herzog, general
manager of Nebraska agencies for
the Liberty Six, and I. L. DeVoe
and J. H. Jarvis, salesmen.
The busiest man at the Automo
bile show is Clarke Powell, general
manager of the affair. The fact
that every car and motor truck on
exhibition was in its respective
booth by noon yesterday and all ar
rangements for the opening even to
the minute details in decorations
were concluded in time, is due to
Mr. Powell's efficient management.
Show Liberty Motor.
The object of greatest attention is
the famous twelve-cylinder Liberty
motor which rendered such efficient
service for the government. Persons
came from afar to inspect the
mechanism of the engine.
The display of trucks in the base
ment is as interesting an exhibit of
American manufacturing genius as
has ever been shown. One of the
largest trucks jn the display is
turned on its side and the motor
covered with glass to insure the
visitor close view of its construc
tion. women should take in securing re
sults. "Men can do the construction
but you women must provide the art
"Dress Up" 13th Street.
"We want to "dress up" South
Thirteenth street until it looks like
Woolworth avenue," said the dfcini
missioncr, showing views of both
Memiroal bridges which will last
1,000 years, taking over and beautify
ing every foot of the Missouri river
line; acquisition of the peninsula on
the inner side of Carter lake, park
ing the Brown park district, camou
flage falls and other novel decorative
effects in parks and blending park
and industrial schemes were among
the "beauty for Omaha" recommen
dations made by the park commissioner
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Conference Becomes Real
Task For Newspaper Men
Members of High Commission Close Up Like Clams and
Then Exercise Censorship Over Few Fragments of
News and Gossip That Happen to Filter Through
Corridors of Building.
By JAMES J.
Staff Correspondent of Universal Service, Who Has Just
Returned From Paris.
New York, March 10. In common with 50 or 60 other
correspondents I went to the
presed by the phrase "open covenants," openly entered into.
This phrase had been made
before. It seemed to us optimistic news writers, to mean that
the world, through us was to know all that was going on at
the peace table.
When we got to Pans we
the American commission to
would be no censorship.
The French have promised that
the cables shall be free," said this
official, reassuringly. "If you hear
ot any case of censorship of any
kind whatever, come to me and I
shall see that it is stopped."
Well, we speedily heavd of a case
of censorship, and then another and
another, and then so many that
they soon got beyond reckoning.
Early in the session all the papers
printed in Paris and three or four
of the French papers appeared with
large white spaces m them. In
vestigating, we found that the same
SAYS WIFE WENT
Husband Alleges She Aban
doned Him and Their Two
Babies While He Was
in the Army.
Cary Heydorn of Bellevue has
filed an answer in district court to
his wife's petition for divorce, al
leging she abandoned him and their
two babies and has "taken up" with
a man named Morris Nelson. He
says she lived in the same house
with Nelson, while he, Heydorn, was
in the military service.
Mrs. Heydorn, in her petition for
divorce, filed last August, alleged
that her husband had become an
habitual drunkard, kept company
with other women and, on one oc
casion, abandoned her for a period
of five months..
Mr. Heydorn alleges in his an
swer that his wife abandoned him
and their two babies, aged 1J4 and
2Vi years. She went away, he says
while he was out "on the road" as a
locomotive engineer. They lived
then in Aberdeen, S. D.
Found Children Alone.
When he returned to find his wife
gone and the children alone, he says
he took them to the home of his
mother. Mrs. Laura Heydorn, in
Bellevue and then returned to his
work in Aberdeen, where he re
mained until he was drafted into the
Later, he says, his wife came to
Bellevue and asked his mother to let
her have the children for a day. She
failed to return the children to. his
mother, he says.
On one occasion, he says, he found
his wife and Mr. Morris together in
Bellevue, and he says Morris fired
two revolver shots at him.
He says his wife has a violent dis
position. He asks that her petition
for divorce be dismissed and that the
children be given into his mother's
President Wilson, Rid
of Cold, Feels Fine and
Plays Shuffle - Board
On Board U. S. S. George Wash
ington, March 10. (By Wireless to
the Associated Press.) President
Wilson this afternoon appeared to
have entirely recovered from the
cold from which he had been suffer
ing. The president walked about
the ship and also played shuffle-
board on deck with Mrs. v ilson.
President WWilson received sev
er' messages today from Col. E. M
H.ase regarding the developments
at the peace conterence and the pro
gram which has been arranged after
the president's arrival in France.
The president sent replies.
The George Washington is ex
pected to arrive at Brest between 3
and o p. m. 1 hursday.
Subcommittee to Make
Rathbun Pardon Probe
Des Moines, la., March 10. (Spe
cial Telegram.) A special commit
tee of five, of which Representative
T. P. Harrington of Sioux City is
chairman, will submit five names out
of which one or possibly two will
be selected as special investigators
of the Rathbun pardon probe in the
This was decided at a meeting of
the house judiciary committee this
afternoon. The subcommittee will
report to the main judiciary com
nnttee. No further nroeress on the
investigation was made by the leg
aoitata ntn TWO CENTS
SuniU. ti.50: v vyuii i u.
peace conference, much im-
by Mr. Wilson, a little while
were assured by a member of
negotiate peace that there
thing had happened to our dis
patches. Not Pleasing to French.
The censored news recited that
the English had made a proposal to
invite all the Russian government,
including the bolsheviki, to be
represented at the peace conference.
It apparently did not please the
French, at least for the time being,
for it did not get out of Paris that
night. One French paner for some
reason printed it. The next day all
(Continued n Page Two, Column Thrw.)
MAY ASK DUTCH
TO INTERN BILL
Special Committee to Fix Pun
ishment of War Culprits
Grows More and More
Puzzled What to Do.
By JUSTIN M'GRATH.
Staff Correspondent of Universal
(Special Wireless Dispatch.)
Paris, March 10. (Bv Radio via
London.) The special committee
on fixing the responsibility for the
war and providing for punishment
of the culprits is growing; more and
more perplexed as the question is
studied., The investigators must dis-
unguisn Deiwen me iormer Kaiser
and the German government if an
indictment is to be drawn tip against
him. They find this a difficult task.
Furthermore the committee can
not see how the powers can get hold
of the ex-kaiser without violating
treaties with Holland. The fear per
sists that unless the former emper
or is kept under the control of the
allies he may return to Germany
when1 conditions there are settled
and may return to rule. This must be
prevented but how? No definite
answer has been found to this ques
tion. One sucreestion is that Holland
be asked to give up Count Hohen-
zollern ot her own accord or give
guarantees that she .(Holland) will
be responsible to the allies for keep
ing him interned for life.
Soon to Leave France
and Start for States
Washington, March 10. General
Pershing cabled the War depart
ment today that he had issued or
ders for the Forty-second Railbow
division to prepare for embarkation
This would indicate that the Forty
second may be expected to sail be
tween April 10 and 15, as the aver
age period between such orders and
embarkation has been one month. .
Coblenz, March 10. The Forty
second American division (Rain
bow), first division of the army of
occupation to start home, will btgin
entraining for Antwerp, April 1.
Urders to this ettect have been re
ceived from headquarters.
It is estimated that about a week
will be required to transport the en
tire body of men and their equip
ment from headquarters on the
Rhine to Antwerp. All the loco
motives and cars to be used in the
transportation are to be of Ameri
can make, the commanding officer
desiring to use American cars be
cause they are larger than the
French and German.
Tunnel Under English
Channel Now Seems Certain
London, March 10 The Daily
Mail claims to have definite infor
mation that the British and French
governments have agreed to the
construction of a tunnel under the
channel and that the details are
now being discussed by a special
commission in Paris, which also is
considering the building of tunnels
under the Bosphorur and th
Straits of Gibraliar,
Oppose German Union
Paris, March 10. (Havas.1
France and Italy, according to the
Gaulois, are fully in accord in op
posing energetically the union of
German-Austria with Germany.
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Confessed Auto Thief at the
Trial of "Red" Neal Im
and Jones. i
William McKeiiitt, confessed autf
mobile thief, told a story yesterday
at the trial of "Red" Neal, which
showed the busin'ess of automobile
stealing in Omaha almost as matter
of-fact as any legitimate business.
According to McKenna's story,
Neal and Maurice Katleman were
the "men higher up." He testified
that they "ordered" cars and he and
his pal, L. C. Jones, stole the cars
on the Omaha streets, drove them to
Nebraska City and left them, by
agreement, "on the east side of the
court house, with the cushions turn
ed up." From there, he said, they
were handled by Neal, who lives in
Neal and Katleman are charged
with abetting grand larceny. Katle
man runs a haberdashery in the Rose
building, Sixteenth and Farnam
streets. The trial of Katleman it
to come later.
Meet Men Higher Up. '
According to McKenna's torT
yesterday, he and Jones, met Neal
and Katleman by appointment about
September 19, 1918. With Neal and
Katleman, McKenna said, were two
two men whose names were Emmett
Clark and James Clark from Mis
couri. "Those four were in a Hudson
super six taxihac," said McKenna,
"We got in with them and drove to
Shashay's road house on the Cartt-i
lake boulevard. I and Jones weni
into the barn and brought out the
car, a Buick roadster that we had
stolen at Fifteenth and Farnam.
"Who stole that car?" askcti
County Attorney Shotwell.
"I did," said McKenna.
"What did Neal and Katleman say
when you brought the car out?"
"They offered us $75 for it. We
finally agreed to take it and they
told us to drive it down to the end
of the car line at Albright. We did
and the taxicab brought the other
four men down and they met us
there. We turned the Buick over to
the Clarks and then Jones and I
got in the t?.xi and rode up towt;
with, Neal and Katleman.
Price For Stolen Cars.
"On the way up they asked us M
get more cars for them. Neal saiJ
they would pay us $150 for Oakland:
and $100 for Fords and we said we'd
get them, some more.
Aicnenna declared tnat about a
week later Katleman called him tip
at the home of his sister-in-law and
asked him to come to his store. Ar
riving there, he said, Katleman said
he had received a telephone call from
Neal at rem that he wanted an
Oakland car and they should leave
it at Nebraska City on the east side
ot the court house and turn the
cushions up. 1 j
"So . we went over on Harney
street and found one between Seven
teenth and Eighteenth," said Mc
Kenna. "We drove it to Nebraska
City, left it on the east side of tin
court house, turned up the cushion
went to a restaurant and had supper
and then took the train for Omaha
Wanted Another Oakland.
McKenna said Katleman met
them by appointment at Sixteen' h
and Harney streets and said hs
didn't have the money in full, but
gave them $20. On September 28.
he testified, Katleman- again told
him that Neal had telephoned to
send down another Oakland nnf
that he would pay them in fu'.i
when it was delivered in Nebraska
City. Then ensued the theft on
which the' present case is based, a
car belonging to C. J. Taniulewicz,
McKenna related this in the san e
cool, businesslike manner as the
"We went out and found an Oak
land 'six' at Seventeenth and Far
'. ira streets," he said. "So v - took
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Aerial Mail Service
for Omaha Is Promised
During Coming Fall
New York, March 10. Regtiiaf
operation of the aerial mail service
between New York and Chicago be
fore the summer is over and its
probable early extension from C! i
cago to Omaha, Minneapolis and M.
Paul, was promised today by Otto
Praeger, t:cond assistant post
master general, who was the puest
of honor at today's sessions of tits
Praeger asserted that 18 planes,
specially designed for night trans
portation of mail, now under con
struction and delivery, has been
promised by April 15." Regular mail
service between New York and Chi
cago, he added, would begin soon
after these planes hud been delivered
and accepted. The expansion of tj :.
scrvite is not expected until "
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